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Address: Cnr Grand Rue & Rue des Fronts Forts, Port-au-Prince 0000, Haiti

This is not the Marche de Fer in Port-au-Prince. I've tried to add this...

This is not the Marche de Fer in Port-au-Prince. I've tried to add this listing and some idiot keeps on sending me a link saying it's been added, linking to the Marche de Fer, PaP.There used to be dozens of these all over Haiti, but now only a few still exist. Jacmel's, similar to the one in Cap Haitian, is hidden away in the central colonial zone. If you don't make your way up the steep, windy and narrow streets, you'll miss it. Unlike the market in Port-au-Prince, there aren't any tourists here, as it is used for the same reason it was built 150 years ago, Haitians selling basic needs, like food and clothing, to other Haitians.

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Don't get pick-pocketed... Excellent attraction

Definitely worth seeing. Keep your valuables and children close to you (so they don't get lost). Bring smaller denominations of currency and don't pull out a big wad. Make sure... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely worth seeing. Keep your valuables and children close to you (so they don't get lost). Bring smaller denominations of currency and don't pull out a big wad. Make sure you have a local with you to keep people at bay and help translate.

Thank Andrew T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Fun experience, the group learned to bargain and no one came home empty-handed! The market doesn't have much air circulation so be prepared for the heat.

Thank Carla K
Buren, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Destroyed by the recent earthquake, it was restored to its former glory (Digicell provided the funds). It looks great and brand new between al the devastation around it. Once inside some vendors try to be a guide, at a price. You can refuse this. Going up the gateway you have to pay. It should be free, but it's Haïti. You... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

A taxi driver took me there. It is an interesting place but you are likely to be harassed by vendors who follow you around. It seems buying anything would be a "mistake" since this will only increase the number of people around you. You should be calm and assertive and you will be ok. I bargained every object I wanted,... More 

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Harbour Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

We drove towards the market, past countless vendors and stalls offering fruits, vegetables, rice, hair braiding; wheelbarrows full of back-to-school supplies; mountains of bras, tee shirts, pants, jackets, dresses--everyone in Haiti is a shop keeper--and our Tour Haiti driver was able to get the gates unlocked and us inside this huge market. "Paix" and "Travail" are the two commandments written... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

I went accompanied by a local, the person whom I work with, but this didn't stop all the vendors staring at me (I was the only white person around there). The place is over-crowded and is near an area that was massively destroyed by the earthquake - the remains of the buildings, garbage, trash, everything is still there. They do... More 

Thank Corina P
New Orleans
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

The market is pretty cool. It is crowded and the sales tactics are high pressure. A guide will attach them self to you and take you to venders they know. We did not pay the guide I think they get a kick back from the vendors you buy from. Not for the faint of heart it is intense but worth... More 

Thank Merenberg
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

On its own, this marketplace is but another local market, situated in the capital city of the country that boasts rank more or less 18 in human development (starting from the bottom of the list, of course). Hence this is a place of little interest for tourists. Anyway, the whole country is not really geared towards developing a tourism industry,... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

Very interesting experience, but you need to shop to get out. Be careful in this area, but it is fairly safe

Thank Sture T
Quebec, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

If you don't like being in a lot of people don't go there. Otherwise it's a very beautiful place to know and meet a lot of haitians.

Thank Elias D

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